After HC nod, JNU makes results official: It’s a Left sweep again
Alliance Bags 44.7% Votes In Students’ Union Polls Go-ahead from court with strings attached
New Delhi: The Left retained its bastion of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday with its alliance of four outfits winning all the four central panel posts of the JNU Student’s Union. The Left Unity alliance got 44.7% of the total votes polled, with ABVP in second place, but there were significant ballot gains for National Students Union of India and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association.
The results of the elections held on September 6 had been on hold till Tuesday on the order of Delhi high court, which was hearing the pleas of two disallowed nominations.
Aishe Ghosh, presidential candidate of Left Unity, formed after the incidents controversially described as seditious in February 2016, is the new JNUSU president. The former Daulat Ram College student got 40.4% of the votes polled, a minor decrease from the 41.8% vote received by the alliance candidate, N Sai Balaji, in 2018.
ABVP’s presidential candidate Manish Jangid, who finished second, garnered 19.7% of the votes polled. ABVP managed to improve the overall vote share from last year’s 21.1% to 23.3% this year. Durgesh Kumar, president of the ABVP JNU unit, attributed the improved performance to the students’ growing confidence in the organisation. “The students have expressed their faith in us for our year-long mo
How Left Unity left ABVP far behind
vements and programmes. The Left is going to be eliminated from the campus in the coming years,” he claimed.
However, Jangid only just about bested BAPSA’s Jitendra Suna, who got a mere seven fewer votes to finish third. The Ambedkarite student group actually won over a lot of voters, with Suna polling 19.6% of the ballots compared with its candidate’s 13% last year.
BAPSA leader Rahul Sonpimple explained, “Our voters are those who believe in Ambedkarite politics. If the fight is going to be based on ideology in the near future, then it will be between the right wingers and the Ambedkarite student groups.”
Prashant Kumar similarly boosted NSUI’s performance, taking the tally from 7.8% in 2018 to13.5% this year. The Congress-affiliated NSUI said the improvement was due to the JNU unit’s “organisational effort”.
The new JNUSU office bearers congratulated the legal team “for upholding JNU’s democratic traditions and defending the massive mandate of students”. Balaji added, “This year the students united to ward off the attempt to conquer the campus by fascist forces. Whatever oppression we faced, we resisted it with twice the vigour.”
The results will be notified by the JNU administration after the Grievance Redressal Committee completes its assessment of the polls, which were attended by allegations of rule violations. New Delhi: Delhi high court on Tuesday gave its nod to JNU election committee to declare the results of students’ union polls held on September 6.
The results were scheduled to be declared soon after the polls, but were withheld on the directions of the court after two candidates approached it.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also allowed the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration to notify the poll results in accordance with the JM Lyngdoh Committee recommendations but clarified that declaration and notification of the results would be subject to further orders passed by the Grievance Redressal Committee, which was asked to entertain and decide the complaints it receives from students in connection with the latest elections, in accordance with the Lyngdoh panel recommendations.
The court had on September 6 directed that the declaration of final results shall be subject to further orders to be passed by it and had restrained the varsity from notifying the results till September 17. On Tuesday, the court disposed of the petitions by two students. While one of them alleged that his nomination for the polls was illegally rejected for election as councillor of JNUSU, the other said the election committee reduced the number of seats for the post.
Vote share of president